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Tuesday by David Wiesner

Tuesday (original 1991; edition 1997)

by David Wiesner

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Authors:David Wiesner
Info:Sandpiper (1997), Paperback, 32 pages
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Tuesday by David Wiesner (1991)


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A novel, whimsical and highly unusual picture book. David Wiesner's illustrations are superbly detailed, wonderfully combining fantasy and reality. The book is almost completely wordless except for the time each event takes place.
  amandahnorman | Jul 20, 2015 |
This is a great picture book fantasy. The story begins by telling time and then shows something happening in the dark. Frogs are flying around on lily pads. They fly around the city where they encounter a man eating a late night snack. They chase a dog and fly through some laundry. In the end morning comes and they lose their magical powers to fly. The frogs go back to their pond but leave the lily pads where they fall which causes a scare in the town and calls for a police investigation.

Personal Reflection
This book is a more modern version of magic carpet rides. It was very exciting however the pictures were very dark which made seeing details a little difficult. It was great for interpretation.

Classroom Extensions
1. Ask children to imagine a different type species flying such as a worm in an apple.
2. Ask even young children to think of something impossible that could happen on a different day of the week using critical thinking skills.
3. Use this book to introduce young children to tell time. ( )
  Rayma_Powers | Jul 4, 2015 |
The book, Tuesday, containing no text aside from the occasional disclosure of time (e.g. 11:21 p.m.), uses vivid illustrations to tell the story of a quantity of toads who rise up into the air on their lily pads in the night and go whizzing through a quiet town, undetected by its sleeping residents. The pictures are sometimes whole spreads of pages and sometimes strategically broken up into triptych-like frames, which adds visual interest. When the townsfolk awake to find the streets littered with signs of strange activity. The book then goes on to subtly imply that next Tuesday will host further flight of animals.

This book was so delightful even though no words were used. But the illustrations rendered text unnecessary. It was completely possible to ascertain the story just from the pictures. The frogs displayed slight personification in some parts, by smiling and making expressions. Because of its simplicity, any age group could enjoy it.

This would be the optimal preemptive book to a writing assignment designed to arouse creativity. Children could be inspired to write a fantastical story either with words or only pictures, or write the passages that go along with this story.
  CallieHennessee | Jul 2, 2015 |
Summary: Frogs take flight on their lily pads...THIS Tuesday
Awards: 1991 Caldecott Award
Illustrations: watercolor paintings
Age Group: 5 and up
My impressions:
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  a.coote | Jun 5, 2015 |
I like this book because of two reasons. First, there are no words. This may seem odd for me to like a book with no words. However, I like the fact that there are no words because it allows anyone to pick this book up and be able to read it. An advanced reader can read this book and a struggling reader can also read it. Second, the illustrations are so abstract and detailed that it becomes inviting and fun for the reader to create their own plot of what is occurring in the pictures. For example, some people continue to think of time throughout the story and others forget about time. The main message of the book is that everyone can read! A book doesn’t have to have a lot of pages or a lot of text to be read. ( )
  kmcpha3 | May 4, 2015 |
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Tuesday evening, around eight.
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This nearly wordless story is told through detailed, colorful, and imaginative illustrations. It is the story of the flight of frogs from the swamp through the town on their lilly pads during the night. Sometimes the illustrations take up two full pages, and sometimes they're cut into frames. For example, the first page has three frames of roughly the same picture. However, as you examine them, you see that, from top to bottom, each picture brings you closer to the main object: the turtle standing on a log. Most of the illustrations are done in cool colors to give the feeling of night. This feeling is sharply contrasted by the scene in the kitchen which is very white and bright, giving the impression of being very well-lit. The illustrations are truly all that was needed to tell the story. I think that words would have been a distraction. The flying frogs have no reason to talk, and no human actually sees them. However, as I was "reading" the story, I could hear chirruping crickets and buzzing mosquitoes in the first page as the turtle waits for what he is about to see, and I could hear Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" throughout the frogs' flight.
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"Tuesday evening, around eight"--a deceptively mundane beginning for what proves to be a thrilling, miraculous, and surreal amphibian journey. Slowly and quietly on this particular Tuesday, a few fat frogs begin hovering over a swamp, riding lily pads like magic carpets. Clearly satisfied and comfortable, the floating frogs are as serene as little green buddhas. Gradually, the flying fleet grows in momentum and number, sailing over the countryside and into an unsuspecting town. These frogs know how to have fun--startling the occasional bird, waving webbed feet at late-night snack-eaters, and even changing the channels on a sleeping granny's television. As day breaks, the frogs lose their lily pads, head back to the pond, and wait impatiently for their next scheduled departure.

Tuesday won the 1992 Caldecott Medal and, among other honors, was named as an ALA Notable Children's Book. The critical acclaim will come as no surprise to anyone who opens the pages of this beautiful and humorous book. With hardly any words (except those noting the time), David Wiesner creates a wondrous romp as silent as the middle of the night. Using the rich purples, blues, and greens of late evening, Wiesner draws readers into the warm, incandescent world of frog flight. "Read" this wordless wonder to children and savor it for yourself as well. Chances are, you and the youngsters will both find yourselves poised at the window, hoping to catch a few airborne frogs in the act. (Ages 4 and older)

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Frogs rise on their lily pads, float through the air, and explore the nearby houses while their inhabitants sleep.

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